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Entry-Level Timepieces for Watch Nerds

10 Great Watches Under $500

For under $500, you can afford a chronograph, a GMT, a super-thin Bauhaus or a military style dive watch. Take your pick of our favorites.

Gift Guide
Ready for Takeoff

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Globetrotter

Whether it’s a comfortable pair of slacks or the ultimate travel bag, making him feel like travel royalty is only a good buy away. This is the best globetrotting gear of 2014 -- gifts so good he'll feel right at home, even when he's getting familiar with a TSA agent.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 29, 2014

This Week in Watches: IWC's Kurt Klaus celebrates his 80th birthday, Bell & Ross's BR-X1 chronograph, Graham's Silverstone RS line and more.

Buying Guide
Looks Good in a Suit. Forget the Rest

5 Classy Dress Watches Under $1,000

Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: August 15, 2014

Today in Gear: Torch Apparel's FLUX backpack, Harry's shave gel & lotion, Pioneer's innovative Performance DJ Controller, a new line of Swiss Army knives by Victorinox, DSPTCH's Ballistic Nylon bags and more.

Buying Guide
Weapon of Choice

Prime Cut: 6 Best Chef’s Knives

Planning to do battle...with a pork loin? Arm yourself with a top-shelf chef's knife. These six are among the best available at a variety of price ranges.

Buying Guide
Playing the field

Watches Tough Enough to Wear in the Field

Field watches tend to be ignored among the tool watch set, mostly because their definition is a bit less clear than divers' or pilots' watches. In fact, a field watch's rugged build and clear dial markings makes it the perfect candidate for all sorts of expeditions. These five are particularly excellent candidates for bumps and bruises, be they from scree-scrambling, brush-clearing or desk-bumping.

Watches for the Beach, Mountains or Manning the Grill

The 7 Watches of Summer 2015

Put down the Patek. These seven watches are perfect for summer adventures -- and they all cost less than $1,000.

The Color of Money

Go Green

Navy is timeless but also occupies half your closet, black is reserved (or only for funerals if you live in Nantucket), red’s too loud (again, Nantucket), yellow’s way too loud, but green -- green is money. In the right shade, green can be more exciting than blue but, as hunters know, it can also be perfect for blending in. Our favorite shade -- somewhere between forest and kelly -- pops up on everything and is a handsome livery. Here are a few highlights.

The Sochi Issue
To Russia We Fly

Kit: Capturing the Olympics

Packing for a trip to Russia for the Sochi Olympics is no small feat. There's weather, international travel, technology and a desire to stay light on our feet to consider. Gear needs to be tough, functional, lightweight and understated. Here's a sampling of what we're packing to use on a normal day in Sochi.


Today in Gear: Friday, December 13

Outlier-Doublebag-Gear-Patrol Outlier Doublebag
Two-sided bag with roll-top buckle closures. Fill one side with clean clothes; start your trip. Wear your clothes; change your clothes. Worn clothes go in second side. Second side expands; first side shrinks. Gross clothes don't touch


Today in Gear: September 30, 2013

Convoygoods-Leather-Gear-Patrol Convoy Goods
Convoy Goods saddle stitches all of their leather goods by hand, creating hardier, handsomer EDC. Check out unique items like the proximity card sleeve and custom-made minimalist stud bracelets and pick up a wallet or card holder.


Today in Gear: August 7, 2013

Cyber-Tool-Lite-Swiss-Army-Knife-Gear-Patrol CyberTool Lite Swiss Army Knife
Counterintuitively, the CyberTool Lite is actually not a smaller version of Swiss Army's original Cyber Tool, but rather an expanded edition. This new arrangement keeps all the stainless steel specialty tools, like knives, hex,


Today in Gear: July 19, 2013

Kiehls-Facial-Fuel-Heavy-Lifting-Anti-Aging-Moisturizer-Gear-Patrol Kiehl's Facial Fuel "Heavy Lifting" Moisturizer
While wrinkles have sometimes been glamorized in various forms of media, we'd rather age imperceptibly and maintain a smooth dermal terrain for all our days. The first line of defense is

Great, Affordable Timekeeping

Dive Watches that Won’t Sink the Treasure Chest

You've been bequeathed plenty of hard-earned watch knowledge from Gear Patrol's Timekeeping team. So, what's taking you so long to get out there and buy your first real timepiece? A diving watch is a great way to start -- a good one can toe the line between dress and active, suit and wetsuit, and they certainly follow the current large diameter trend. Before your wallet gets intimidated (some timepieces tend to do that), remember that you don't have to take out a loan or hit the jackpot to get a great dive watch. Gear Patrol shows you seven great watches, all under $1,000 -- many well under. Who knows, maybe strapping on a dive watch will get your dormant mojo going this summer and get your certified for the beautiful open water.

More: Horology

Today in Gear: June 6, 2013

Victorinox-Hunter-Pro-Folding-Knife-gear-patrol Victorinox Hunter Pro Folder
Ready for action, the Hunter Pro features a new folding and locking blade that's easily opened with the flick of one thumb. It's a tactical instrument; prepare yourself for a 4-inch piece of sharp, belt-mountable

Staff Favorites
See what Matt's Amassed

Staff Favorites: Matt Neundorf

The fourth installment in our Staff Favorites series features Mr. Matt Neundorf. Hailing from Toronto, this proud Canadian is one of GP's newer recruits -- but there isn't a lick of green about him except for his prowess in DIY projects. A confessed car nut, an avid drinker of craft brews (especially those from his native Great White North) and an old hand at home renovation, Matt's a natural -- especially since he also brings his level-headed, humorous writing to bear on GP assignments. When he isn't filling GP readers' heads with dreams of roaring autos and whirring power tools, Matt works on his own personal home renovation projects, purveys construction equipment and sources consumer goods.


Today in Gear: April 12, 2013

Victorianox-Bike-Tool-Gear-Patrol Victorinox Bike Tool
It's taken this long? Bikers are the perfect recipients of a Swiss Army tool. An L-wrench with 8 bits and a set of tire levers in one small form is perfectly in line with the biker

Keep warm, look cool

Victorinox Leiden Insulated Blazer

Packing light in the colder months often comes down to a tradeoff of outerwear. Do you pack the bulky coat for warmth, the blazer for appearances, or in the worst case, both? Victorinox's new Leiden Insulated Blazer takes the uncertainty

So much for the Swiss being neutral

Stayglow Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

We’re not exactly sure how this happened, but alas, Victorinox Swiss Army released a glow-in-the-dark version of their most beloved Swiss Army Knife. While the color choice is one that would make grandpa roll over in his grave, it’s certain to

Cutting-edge indeed

Victorinox SSD Knives

So-called "cloud services" hope to make transferring digital data via physical devices akin to cave painting in the near future. That hasn't stopped pocket-tool legend Victorinox from evolving the classic Swiss Army Knife to house the latest SSDs and transfer protocols.

Dark Knight Approved

Alden Shell Cordovan Case and Knife


By now, you probably know that we're proponents of a good pocket knife here at Gear Patrol. Such a knife a handy everyday tool that every man should have. For those of you looking for something a little more refined or

Just as Versatile as Its Multi-Bladed Brother

Victorinox Swiss Unlimited Cologne


In celebration of Swiss Army's 125th anniversary, Victorinox has released Swiss Unlimited, a men's fragrance that's less campfire and trails, more masculine and modern. The fresh woody bottom notes of the fragrance will carry through the day, while the Genepi liquor,

Victorinox Swiss Army Travel Sentry Cable Lock

Victorinox-Travel-Sentry-Cable-Lock.jpgTake my advice: Lock your bags when you travel. My luggage has shown up before with things missing and honestly the battle to figure out how to recover those items has never been worth the effort. Not to mention, it's just good practice.

Victorinox Swiss Army Legacy Réserve De Marche Platine you haven't noticed lately a lot of brands out there are trying to get in the watchmaking business. It's a hot market and we don't blame them, but that doesn't necessarily mean there are a burgeoning number of quality timepieces. Our eyes are